Multi-Disciplinary Artist & Futures Designer

Making Stone Soup

Immersive Experience Design Expedition - October 2018

Some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food with the hungry travelers.

Then the travelers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers gets curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers answer that they are making "stone soup", which tastes wonderful and which they would be delighted to share with the villager, although it still needs a little bit of garnish, which they are missing, to improve the flavor.

The villager, who anticipates enjoying a share of the soup, does not mind parting with a few carrots, so these are added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which has not yet reached its full potential. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient.

Finally, the stone (being inedible) is removed from the pot, and a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by travelers and villagers alike. Although the travelers have thus tricked the villagers into sharing their food with them, they have successfully transformed it into a tasty and nutritious meal which they share with the donors.


This 4-day transformative camp invited 40 experience designers and artists from all over Europe to make a 'stone soup' of immersive, multi-sensory experiences.

Lisanne co-designed the storyline for the camp, led the opening ceremony and a dinner immersion and introduced reflective and transformative practices.

Stone Soup is now turning into a global movement of experience designers who are stirring the pot of co-creation to create meaningful transformation in industries and people.

Are you looking to bring your team or clients on an expedition to explore new dimensions of innovative capacity and co-creation? Reach out!

Lisanne Buik, 2018
1015HC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands